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Hverfjall, Lake Myvatn
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Hike up Hverfjall for rewarding views of the desert, the lake, and the lava fields below. The crater, created nearly 2,800 years ago during a small but powerful eruption, stands at an elevation of 420 m (1,378 ft) and is one of the largest in the world. Take one of the two designated paths that lead to the rim of the crater: one from the northwest and the other from the south. The climb up is steep, and winds are strong, so bring appropriate footwear, a windbreaker, and hiking poles if you are not an experienced hiker. Note that there are lots of bugs in the area. Plan to visit Hverfjall during your Reykjahlid vacation using our convenient Reykjahlid vacation trip planner.
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  • It is a crater of a volcano with a path running through it around its perimeter. You access the trailhead through a dirt road, there is a car park and a public restroom. After a steep but short you get on top where the trail begins around the crater. The view from the top is lovely. The walk takes about 1 h-1h30min.
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  • Exhausting climb to the crater, with a slope that requires a certain commitment, and a gusting wind that will take you to the top, but stunningly beautiful landscape. On the one hand the Lake Myvatn, a huge crater, pitch black, you can circumnavigate.
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  • To go to the Hverfjall went by the carret. 860 to the Lake, we caught the 848 (Mývatn surrounds South) and 1 km there is a well signposted detour towards Hverfjall. It is a crater of black tephra of 1 km in diameter and 140 meters deep. You can leave your car in the car park at the foot of the crater, up by a clearly visible way. Worth the small effort of climbing to the rim of the crater. The ascent is a bit demanding but brief. Between back and forth can be 1.30 hours. You can turn around the crater at the top. The views of Lake Myvatn and its surroundings are breathtaking. Absolutely recommended
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  • Amazing view of North Iceland. Long way up but it won't disappoint you. The crater is enormous, jaw dropping view.
  • I see some other reviews saying to stay away in Summer. I was here in July and it was totally worth the short hike up. The track to drive from the main road to nearby is a little rough so take it slowly. The top of the crater gives great views around, and a satisfying reward for the steep climb. Note that it's quite dusty, and suitable shoes should really be worn.
  • You have to go here. Be on the top is amazing advanture. Nice views. It is possible to go down to the center but I don't know if it legal.
  • Was there in mid june and it was a bit boring. The crater seems to be much more interesting while there is some snow remaining. The view of the surrounding is nice though. Might not be worth climbing up in the summer for everbody.
  • Fairly long hike to the top but well with the hike. It's a ~1 km steep ascend and another ~3 km to walk around the top.